Quinn Norton Biography

Quinn Norton is an American journalist and essayist. Her work covers hacker culture, Anonymous, Occupy movement, intellectual property and copyright issues, and the Internet.

Quinn Norton Age

Quinn Norton was born in May 1973, there is no information about her birthplace though he is an American by birth.

Quinn Norton Family | Young

She got raised up in a poor family and her father’s struggles with his experience post-Vietnam, and his drug-related incarceration inspired her to write later about judicial reform and restorative justice

Quinn Norton Married | Husband

Norton was first married to journalist Danny O’Brien. The pair have a daughter though the marriage ended in divorce. Norton later dated computer programmer and activist Aaron Swartz for roughly three years, from 2007 until early 2011. In 2016, Norton moved to Luxembourg to live with the man she eventually married in 2017.

Quinn Norton Education

Norton completed a GED and attended Orange Coast Community College. She sporadically sat in on classes at University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Santa Barbara but was never formally enrolled.

Quinn Norton Career

Norton began her professional life as a technologist when she worked as a SysAdmin and web programmer. In 2006, she shifted to journalism. Her focus was initially on technology but eventually grew to encompass internet activism. In 2006, Norton described a conceptual prank called Quinn’s Prank / Quinn’s Symphonic Conundrum involving writing and executing a computer program that would output all possible melodies, theoretically providing the opportunity to claim copyright for all music.

Norton’s work has appeared in Wired, where she spent a year embedded with Occupy Wall Street. She contributed regularly to the Wired blog, Threat Level, which focused on digital security. From 2013 to 2014, she wrote a column, Notes on a Strange World, at Medium. She wrote articles for Maximum PC magazine for five years and has published in The Guardian, ProPublica, Gizmodo, and O’Reilly Media publications such as Make magazine. She was a long-time participant at O’Reilly’s Foo Camp.

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Norton has spoken extensively on various aspects of technology, history, and culture. From 2006 to 2008, she gave talks at technology conferences about body augmentation, usually under the title “Body Hacking.” In connection with this work, Norton taught a course at NYU titled “Laboratory of the Self.”[19] As part of her research, Norton had a magnet implanted in the tip of her ring finger, enabling her to sense magnetic fields. The magnet was later removed.

In 2018, The New York Times announced Norton as its new lead opinion writer covering technology. The hire drew sharp criticism focused on tweets Norton wrote between 2013 and 2017, particularly use of slurs referring to gay people and the defense of her friendship with Andrew Auernheimer, a hacker and white supremacist known as well. Later that day, she and the Times announced she would not join the paper after all; the Times said it had been unaware of her comments. Calling the episode an example of “context collapse”; and describing herself a member of the LGBT community,

Norton said her use of slurs had been specific to the context of engaging with the language of hackers. She also said her friendship with Auernheimer (with whom she was no longer in contact) had been an effort to discourage his racism. The incident led to debate over the ethics of free speech in the hacking community at large as well as Times social media policy

Norton is an advocate of encryption when communicating electronically. In 2009, she opposed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Norton describes herself as an anarchist and a queer activist.

On March 3, 2011, Norton was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury regarding an investigation of her then-partner Aaron Swartz that led to the case United States v. Swartz. She ultimately accepted a proffer agreement with the prosecutor, whereby she shared information about the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto, which defendant Aaron Swartz either wrote or co-wrote. The document offered the prosecution additional evidence in their case against Swartz.

Articles in The Atlantic and in New York Magazine indicate that in 2011 Norton was pressured by prosecutors to offer information or testimony that could be used against Aaron Swartz in his trial for fraud for downloading thousands of academic articles from behind a paywall, but that she denied having information that supported prosecutors’ claims of criminal intentions on Swartz’s part. Prosecutors nevertheless attempted to use a public blog post on Swartz’s blog that Norton mentioned, which may or may not have been co-authored by Swartz, as proof of criminal intent.

She as well authored a piece about Robert Scoble that described an alleged sexual assault by Scoble on Norton as well as another woman. Scoble denied what turned out to be multiple claims of assault, and said they were the result of his struggle with alcoholism. His response was met with a critical reaction.

Quinn Norton Net Worth

Dan estimated net worth is under review, there is no information about his net worth or salary but he is said to have been earning a huge salary from his work.

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